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Bitesize science; Mythbusters show you how to survive a shark attack entertainment.

Byline: By KATIE CAMPLING

DO you ever find yourself pondering the unusual questions - like how to survive a shark attack?

If you do, the new series of Mythbusters has to be must-see TV viewing for you.

Mythbusters experts and presenters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman were back on the Discovery Channel for a new series on Saturday.

The unlikely duo spend their days in a San Francisco studio working out the answers to those weird and wonderful questions and investigating the truth behind urban legends.

Previous episodes have seen them create a 'frozen chicken gun' to test whether a bird could crack and aeroplane windscreen and examining whether ninjas really can walk on water.

This series, they are turning their attention to the oceans and exploring how to survive a shark attack.

It's not advice you will use every day - unless you're a diver in the Pacific! But it still makes amusing and gripping viewing.

Jamie and Adam explore whether you can fight off a shark by gouging out its eyes or if it is possible to scare a Great White by using magnets? Do sharks get turned off by chilli?

Adam even put himself in the firing line to find out if the chain mail armour used by divers would protect them from a large shark.

He donned medieval armour and dived to 15ft below the sea, with shark bait floating around his head.

He said: "There were about 20 sharks swarming around me in the suit. It was just hilarious. I was running across the bottom, waving a sword at these sharks.

"We figured it may protect you from being bitten as far as being punctured by sharks. But what if you have a really big shark? Will this chain mail really protect you from something like a tiger shark with really powerful jaws?"

Jamie said their experiments are mainly about having fun. "It may not even be necessarily science. It just occurred to us. We thought 'What if we tried this, would it actually work?' So we did it and had a ball.

"The show's about a lot more than just urban legends. It's us on this wonderful adventure where we're exploring and having fun."

Their workshop is full of remnants of this fun, including action figures, dolls, models of body parts and an 18-foot animatronic shark model, complete with steel teeth!

Adam was gripped by these fearsome jaws while trying to prove you can escape a shark by poking its eyes.

It's not just Adam who is put through the mill thought. Jamie found himself in a precarious situation in the middle of a shark-filled ocean, in order to investigate whether vibrations on the water could actually scare the creatures away.

"We've got a wonderful shot of a rubber raft with an oar smacking on the water," he says. "The water's literally boiling with sharks and I'm saying, 'Well, this is what you want to do if you're trapped and lost at sea in a rubber raft. Just smack the water and it'll scare the sharks away'."

Both admit they are scared when it comes to testing their theories. Jamie said: "Even when we pretty much know there's no way in hell something is going to hurt us, we still wear safety equipment and treat it as if it is going to kill us."

But curiosity always gets the better of them, according to Adam. "We always look for the stupidest possible experiment to do first and the simplest way to approach it.

"Then at the end we always say, 'What is the furthest we could possibly go with this?"' The pair have investigated more than 500 shark myths and created 2,500 explosions in the six years they have worked on the show. So what experience do you need for such a bizarre job?

Adam has used his carpentry, welding, animation, painting and graphic design skills with special effects companies, including George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic.

Having spent six years busting myths, are the pair worried that they will run out of things to test?

Apparently not. Jamie said: "At a certain point, the show will probably evolve into something else. But I don't see any end in sight when we can still find material that we can sink our teeth into."

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Date:Aug 4, 2008
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